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Theories of Imperialism
Theories of Imperialism
By Wolfgang J. Mommsen
Random House, 1981, 180 pp

A German historian takes a long look at imperialism and how it has been described and interpreted over the past 100 years by Marxists, neo-Marxists and non-Marxists. His analysis is lean, clear, and very much to the point. Although the age of classical imperialism may be over and most of the theories invalid, their continued advocacy and attraction, against the background of the gap between the advanced and underdeveloped countries, remain important facts of international life. The German original of the book was published in 1977.